Lavender: Benefits, Properties?
Lavender essential oil
First name : Lavandula angustifolia - Labiatae
Properties and benefits of lavender essential oil
The essential oil extracted from the plant lavender exerts a rebalancing of the central nervous system, being simultaneously tonic and sedative; calm anxiety, restlessness, nervousness; relieves headaches and disorders caused by stress; helps you get to sleep in case of insomnia,
Antiseptic and antibiotic remedy very effective in the treatment of all colds: flu, coughs, colds, sinusitis, catarrh.
Antispasmodic, calm pains and abdominal cramps and may be beneficial in cases of menstrual pain (though is to be avoided in case of heavy menstruation).
Antiseptic, when diluted in intimate wash or washes interior, contrasting diseases of the genitourinary system, such as cystitis.
Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, used in lotions and massage oils, relieves pain caused by muscle sprains and rheumatism and helps the lymphatic stagnation caused by the presence of cellulite.
Healing, is used on the skin as an excellent remedy for burns, wounds wounds, brings relief in the presence of insect bites, sunburn, irritation caused by jellyfish.
Childhood disorders is an excellent essence for Children: colic, irritability, colds, nocturnal agitation, can be relieved by a massage on the neck or chest with lavender essential oil or a few drops of essence put on the pillow or in the water humidifiers for radiators.
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Lavender essential oil
Description of the plant
Evergreen shrub and perennial small (60-100 cm.) With erect stems, woody at the base and side branches bowed slightly. The leaves are linear lanceolate greyish-green. The flowers very fragrant, thin ears are grouped in blue violets.
Native to southern Europe and western Provençal is the most popular, precious plant was already to the ancient Romans who put bunches of flowers in the water to the thermal baths. Lavender was used even then as a basis for fine perfumes and decoctions and infusions used to prepare for the beauty of skin and hair. In the more recent past, we know that in every house in the city or country there was no closet or dresser that did not have lavender sachets for perfuming linen and keep moths away. This delicate habit is coming back in fashion now and reminds us of old traditions and feelings of cleanliness and care for the home.
The French chemist, Rene Maurice Gattefosse, who is credited with the invention of the term "aromatherapy" in 1928, and contributed to the revival of interest in the use of essential oils for therapeutic purposes, was at his own expense, noted that the 'lavender essential oil, which he was using for mixtures of perfumes, had remarkable ability to heal wounds from burns. In fact, while he was working in the perfume accidentally burned his arm and put it in the liquid reaction closest to him. It so happened that the liquid was just lavender essential oil that made him heal after burn in a very short time.
Method of extraction
Distillation of steam
Note the essential oil of lavender
Heart note: herbaceous aroma, very sweet, slightly floral
Dissemination of environmental information: 1 gc of lavender essential oil for each square meter of the environment in which it spreads through wood burner or water radiator humidifiers to relieve headaches, nervous tension, stress, insomnia.
Toning bath: 10 gc in the tub, waving strong emulsify the water, then soak for 10 minutes to take advantage of the decongestant for the muscular system and rheumatic pain and joint
Local application 1 or 2 drops of lavender essential oil diluted in a little 'sweet almond oil and massage the abdomen of children, in case of colic, to relieve insect bites and minor burns.
In all these cases it is advisable to use the essential oil of lavender inhaled or local friction. The lavender essential oil is considered safe, so there are no special precautions that must be followed. It 'important to remember that the improper use of essential oils can be harmful even when using oils, such as lavender that are considered safe.